As each year passes, it seems as though Tom Brady’s playing career has no expiration date. Sure, it will likely end at some point but not before he passes the midway mark of his 40s.
According to Adam Schefter, the Super Bowl Champion Buccaneers and Brady are inching closer to a contract extension as we approach the start of the new league year. 44 in August, an extension will guarantee, at the very least, Brady will play through age 45 as he pursues Super Bowl win number eight.
Tom Brady asked if he’s still playing the way he played this season, would he play past 45?
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) February 1, 2021
It’s no surprise the Buccaneers want to extend their marriage with the Super Bowl MVP. During his age-43 campaign, Brady broke numerous franchise records while throwing for 4,633 yards, 40 touchdowns, and just 12 interceptions. In the postseason, Brady threw for 1,061 yards, 10 touchdowns, and just three interceptions while racking up career playoff wins 31 through 34. Despite his “advanced age”, Brady showed no signs of a drop-off as he was at or near the top of just about every metric that measures quarterbacks in 2020.
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In addition to keeping Brady beyond the 2021 season, this move would help free up some much-needed cap space for this upcoming season as the Bucs attempt to re-sign several key free agents. With guys like Chris Godwin, Shaq Barrett, Lavonte David, and Ndamukong Suh headlining the list of key free agents, it will be impossible to keep everyone but reducing Brady’s $28 million cap hit will certainly help.